Christmas is one of the most highly-anticipated holidays by adults and children alike, but perhaps especially by children. The excitement for the arrival of Father Christmas and the Three Magis, the vacations from school and all the beautiful decor and treats make it one of the most magical times of the year for the younger age group. At the same time, it is also the period that adults tend to have off work and children have off of school, making it the perfect time for family activities with the kids. With different holiday-themed shows and performances going on, along with a number of other family-centered activities, this is an unparalleled time of excitement for children compared to the rest of the year. Today in this article from ShMadrid, we’ll be talking about activities you can do with your children this Christmas in the Spanish capital.
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Enjoy the holidays with your kids in Madrid
There are a number of entertaining activities to enjoy with the young ones in the capital this holiday season in the capital. One of the best options that can be done at anytime is to take your kids to the Plaza Mayor to wander through the stalls of the famous Christmas market that takes place in the plaza each year. You can buy everything you need here when it comes to Christmas decorations, whether it’s to complete you Nativity scene or to light up your home with the stunning lights. While in the area, you can also take the family out for a delicious traditional breakfast of calamari sandwich in the bars located in the streets adjacent to the plaza. On this morning stroll, make sure you don’t pass up the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful nativity scenes in the capital. You’ll find it situated at the CentroCentro Cibeles, or you can visit any of the churches or parishes in the area to see one of the many nativity scenes that are sure to be on display. After eating, you can bring your kids to give their letter addressed to the Three Magis to the royal pages, so they can deliver the letter to the Kings of the Orient themselves. Following this, the three kings can diligently bring the gifts asked for by the children to the various homes in the city on the night of January 5.
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The Three Kings aren’t the only holiday figures waiting to bring presents to the children. You can also bring your kids to visit Father Christmas, who will be present at the same place as the royal pages, at the entrance to El Corte Inglés on calle Maestro Victoria, as well as at the children’s show Cortylandia. After a feast of champions of warm and delicious hot chocolate and churros, you can continue onto an ice skating rink in the city, one option being at Colón, for example. After enjoying this activity, you could also enjoy the classic carousel at the Plaza de Oriente or visit the Teatro Circo Price. On the night of December 21st, be sure to head down to the Madrid River to enjoy the spectacular Parade of Lights, a beautiful lights show that always draws in crowds of people. One last option, although the website will say that the tickets are already sold out, is to keep an eye out for tickets for Naviluz, the Christmas train in Madrid that runs through the central streets of the city. You can only get tickets online, so we recommend checking every so often to see if any go on sale.
What other ideas do you have for holiday activities to do with children in Madrid?